1954 - Drage, Charles, "The Life and Times of General Two-Gun Cohen", Funk & Wagnalls, New York, June 1954

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1954 - Drage, Charles, The Life and Times of General Two-Gun Cohen, Funk & Wagnalls, New York, June 1954

Publisher’s introduction: “A no-holds-barred account of a remarkable life told in the words of the man who had the humor and courage to live it. Once in a long while there is a book that has the wonderful capacity of introducing the reader to a really unique personality. The Life and Times of General Two-Gun Cohen is an opportunity to meet one of the most attractive and extraordinary human beings ever presented in a book. Its subject has never lost his relish for life, his engaging honesty, his industrious self-reliance, or his infinite capacity for friendship and loyalty. Two world wars and a vast amount of experience have failed to slow him down. General Cohen has had a remarkable career in China, where at one time he was aide and bodyguard to the great Dr Sun Yat-sen. This book tells his personal story of what those times were like, up to and including his detention in a Japanese concentration camp after the fall of Hong Kong. In gusto, sheer verve, and outright human vitality this is a life neither its subject nor its readers would wish to miss. Commander Charles Drage, who has succeeded in getting General Cohen’s story down in vivid and unbowdlerized terms, has spent most of his life in British naval intelligence (and later with MI6). It was one of his tours of duty in the Far East, during the December 1923 Canton Customs Crisis, that he first came across General Cohen.” Commander Drage recalls this first meeting: We first met during the Canton Customs Crisis of Christmas 1923 when I was First Lieutenant of H.M.S. “Bluebell”. Morris Cohen was then a romantic and mysterious but somewhat equivocal figure in the service of the great revolutionary figure, Dr Sun Yat-sen. We found ourselves in opposing camps, relations between which were severely strained, and our acquaintance had little chance of developing. The foreign powers were deeply concerned and a numerous international flotilla assembled off the city. Dr Sun remained unmoved by this show of force and provisionally appointed Cohen as his Commissioner of Customs.